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Props Designer

The Props Designer is responsible for helping the Director create their vision of the show by choosing, preparing, and placing objects to be used on the stage, then ensuring those objects are in the correct place for each performance. They will attend production meetings, become familiar with the script, and consult with the director/stage manager, set designer and/or set dresser. They will work with other designers (costume, set, lighting, etc.) to help create a cohesive overall design for the show.


Obtaining props or set pieces suitable for stage and safety of persons involved with production, keeping the following in mind:

  • Read the script.
  • Safety will ALWAYS be first in mind.
    • Mobility and durability of props that will be handled.
    • Suitable for the required choreography.
  • Communicate with Props Designer to mutually define which props fall under “Props” and which fall under “Set Dressing.”
  • Inspect, maintain, and set each prop prior to each production.
  • Communicate with each actor to ensure each prop and/or weapon is placed in the appropriate designated area for 1st Act and 2nd Act.
  • Strike props upon conclusion of the show and return to the proper owner or place of storage. 


  • For Consumable Props:
    • Ensure that food/beverage props are stored properly in refrigerator or air-tight containers.
    • Adequate quantity is available for each production.
    • Labeled appropriately as props.